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Panama uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
The languages that are typically spoken are Spanish
Panama uses the United States dollar (symbol: $), code USD.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollar and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are very common in Panama. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Panama is on average 3.8 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Panama is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about $19.95, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: +móvil (by Cables & Wireless), Claro, Digicel or Movistar. Panama uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Panama upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Panama, dial +, then 507 (the country code for Panama), then the area code and the local number. For local calls within Panama, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 7 .
In Panama you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100 km/h (62 mph) on undivided highways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways and 25-30 km/h (15-18 mph) in all built-up areas.
Import and export information
Zika outbreaks have been reported in Panama. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Panama. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Virus in Panama.
Chikungunya cases have been reported in Panama. For further information, please visit the CDC Chikungunya Advice.
Dengue cases have been reported in Panama. For further information, please visit the CDC Dengue Advice.
Chagas disease (American Trypanosomiasis) is spread by the faeces of insects found in Panama. For further information, please visit the CDCChagas Disease Advice.